Currently Being ModeratedMar 15, 2013 6:27 PM (in response to MrSteve1337)
Try the instructions in this article. Alternatively, connect it to another Mac with a FireWire cable, start it up with the T key held down, and copy the files off.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 15, 2013 6:33 PM (in response to Niel)
I was thinking that may be my only recourse. Even in its current state will the other Mac recognize it?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 15, 2013 6:37 PM (in response to MrSteve1337)
It'll see the hard drive and hopefully your files. If it gets beyond a blinking question mark, it's seeing the hard drive.
You may need to use the Disk Utility's Repair Disk command on it.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 15, 2013 6:45 PM (in response to Niel)
It gets past that no problem never a question mark, which I know is a sign of a bad HD. This is why its a puzzle. All looks well in verbose boot too, it just never gets to the login screen after doing all the usual screens. Instead of seeing the blue screen for a moment before the login screen comes up, I see the blue screen and nothing further, save for the cursor becoming a pinwheel after a minute or so.